About Sketching: The Art and Practice of Capturing The Moment by Jasper Salwey was originally published in 1930 and is republished now by Dover Publications. Salwey was a very talented artist and considered an expert in his day.
There are many illustrations in the book. Sadly, these are all in black and white, so when he discusses using red chalk and pastels, there is no discernible difference in the illustration. In some, the blocks of blacks and greys are so solid that it renders the illustration meaningless.
Then comes the text itself. Salwey really knows his stuff, there is no denying that. But, the voice is so very dated; dense and difficult to read. For me, it took the joy out of learning. Modern books have a much friendlier, lighter tone that I prefer, that makes me believe I can have a decent stab at what the writer is describing.
While I am sure this is a worthwhile book, I’m afraid it’s too dated and dense for me.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.